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Commentary » Ezekiel 39:1-Ezekiel 39:16 »

Gog’s Armies Destroyed

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This chapter contains a prediction of the utter destruction of Gog and Magog (vv. 1-7). An illustration of the vastness of that destruction (vv. 8-22). God’s mercy to his people (vv. 23-29).The defeat of the evil forces will be final and complete, they will be destroyed by divine intervention (vv. 1-16). Two themes are woven into this passage: God’s total victory over His enemies, and the need to make the land holy. After the final battle, teams will be used to give burial to the bodies of the dead enemies in order for the land to be cleansed. Because of this victory the name of God will be recognized throughout the world and the nations will understand that He alone is in charge of human history. God will clearly show His love for His people by restoring them to their homeland.

The destruction of the great army involved in this passage will be almost total (vv. 1-8). Some have stated that only one-sixth of this army will survive. The bows and arrows may be viewed as figurative of weapons of warfare of all kinds. Even the land of Magog, where many of the troops come from, will experience the wrath of fire from the Lord upon them.

To clean up a destruction of this magnitude, supernatural aid is required (vv. 11-20). Many, of course, will have already been buried through the leveling of mountains and valleys. The ravenous beasts and birds of prey will clean off the flesh. While Israel is burying the skeletons and bones, seven months will transpire. This gruesome task would appear to have a very sobering influence spiritually. No doubt it will prove to be one of the means of leading Israel, as well as the Gentiles, to repentance.


The message for me is an exciting one. With God on my side, I am assured of ultimate victory over the enemies of the world and because of the rapture I will never experience any of the above.

Ezekiel 39:1-16 (English Standard Version)

"And you, son of man, prophesy against Gog and say, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I am against you, O Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. And I will turn you about and drive you forward, and bring you up from the uttermost parts of the north, and lead you against the mountains of Israel. Then I will strike your bow from your left hand, and will make your arrows drop out of your right hand. You shall fall on the mountains of Israel, you and all your hordes and the peoples who are with you. I will give you to birds of prey of every sort and to the beasts of the field to be devoured. You shall fall in the open field, for I have spoken, declares the Lord GOD. I will send fire on Magog and on those who dwell securely in the coastlands, and they shall know that I am the LORD. "And my holy name I will make known in the midst of my people Israel, and I will not let my holy name be profaned anymore. And the nations shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel. Behold, it is coming and it will be brought about, declares the Lord GOD. That is the day of which I have spoken. "Then those who dwell in the cities of Israel will go out and make fires of the weapons and burn them, shields and bucklers, bow and arrows, clubs and spears; and they will make fires of them for seven years, so that they will not need to take wood out of the field or cut down any out of the forests, for they will make their fires of the weapons. They will seize the spoil of those who despoiled them, and plunder those who plundered them, declares the Lord GOD. "On that day I will give to Gog a place for burial in Israel, the Valley of the Travelers, east of the sea. It will block the travelers, for there Gog and all his multitude will be buried. It will be called the Valley of Hamon-gog. For seven months the house of Israel will be burying them, in order to cleanse the land. All the people of the land will bury them, and it will bring them renown on the day that I show my glory, declares the Lord GOD. They will set apart men to travel through the land regularly and bury those travelers remaining on the face of the land, so as to cleanse it. At the end of seven months they will make their search. And when these travel through the land and anyone sees a human bone, then he shall set up a sign by it, till the buriers have buried it in the Valley of Hamon-gog. (Hamonah is also the name of the city.) Thus shall they cleanse the land."

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